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Harmony looks into well problems

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The City of Harmony has been dealing with some well problems lately, according to city employee Chris Johnson. Johnson brought City Council members up to date at the council meeting last Tuesday evening.

The well near the water tower in Harmony is currently out of service, as the motor on the pump recently burned up for the second time. When the city originally received the motor, it was a rebuilt one, and burned out shortly after it came, due to having the wrong voltage. According to Johnson, the pump was up and running a week ago, and has now burned up again for unknown reasons.

Johnson stated the unit has a memory, and it is possible that they can find out what happened to burn out the motor. If the memory part was ruined, they will not be able to find the reason. A representative from Allen Bradley suggested that the city purchase a new motor, instead of rebuilding this one yet again.

Mayor David Kingsley suggested they see what the memory on the unit tells, and then determine the next course of action. The city was not charged for the rebuilding the first time, since it was the wrong voltage. It was yet to be determined whether or not the city would be charged for the next rebuilding.

Russ Stammer from Bonestroo presented the council with quotes from four different companies for re-piping the same well, and recommended they approve the use of Winona Mechanical, Inc. Their bid was the lowest at $17,523. City Administrator Jerome Illg had also received a bid from Maguire Iron, Inc. for work on the upper part of the water tower. However, the amount of $2,980 included work that is included in the Winona Mechanical quote. Illg will be getting a new quote from Maguire Iron that will only include removing the current extension and dispersion plate from the interior of the tank. Since Maguire Iron is going to be sealing the interior and painting the exterior of the tank, they will be doing the re-piping on top of the tower. Currently, there is an overhead fill on the tower that allows water to spray out the top and go down to the ground when the tower overflows. Maguire Iron will be doing piping on the tower to allow the water to go down to the ground during an overflow, instead of spraying out the top.

Police Squad Car

Sheriff Daryl Jensen updated the council about the purchase of a new squad car, a 2008 Chevy Impala. According to Jensen, if the car is purchased at the state bid price, it will be the same cost as a 2007. Currently Lee Bigalk of Bigalk's Chevrolet in Harmony is working on ordering the car, which will come with all of the necessary equipment. Jensen said the price will end up being around $19,000.

Jensen then explained some of the equipment and the costs. There will be an LED light bar on top of the car, which is brighter and lasts longer. The radar will be purchased at the state bid price. There will be a video system inside the car, and the radio is a Motorola Spectra. According to Jensen, there will be new radio mandates coming out in 2012 that would require a new radio, but this radio will work just fine for now. The estimate for installation of the equipment is $1,500, but Jensen said they have someone who can do it for much less than that. The total cost of the car and the police package is estimated at $28,175.

The council decided to get prices from McKean's, another car dealer in Harmony, while they are waiting to hear from Bigalk's.

Jensen stated that they will also be increasing their rates around 3 1?2 percent, or around $5,000 a year. "We charge what it costs us, not what I think would be good amount," said Jensen. He added that there have been increases in health insurance and wages that make up the increase.

Other Business

• Council member Sherry Hines said the Economic Development Authority is looking at making a new commercial for Harmony highlighting the housing incentive programs. They have also submitted a grant for the downtown redevelopment project, and are expecting to hear from them in the next couple of weeks.

• Speaking for the Building Committee, Mark McKay has spoken to an architect about the remodeling that needs to be done at the Community Center. This will include remodeling the walls at the two northern entrances to the building and a couple of rooms. McKay said they need to have specs done, and he has yet to hear back from the architect.

• City Attorney Richard Nethercut mentioned that Joe Stevens is interested in purchasing a strip of land near his property that is currently owned by the city. Johnson stated that there is sanitary sewer and a manhole on that property so there will need to be an easement for the utilities. The council wanted to see some exact measurements and look at the property.

• The council approved the lease for Fillmore Central School for five rooms on the east side of the community center that will be used for the Root River Day Treatment program.

• The second payment to Bonestroo for the Jacobson Addition was approved at $53,063.01. The addition work is now completed.

• An estimate from Knife River for some asphalt work was approved. Some patching in the southeast part of town will be completed for $7,765.

• Jonathan Cremer was appointed to the Arts Board for the term ending December 31, 2007.

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